He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and MPhil. in Housing studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and a PhD in Environment and Energy Studies Program, Architectural Association Graduate School, London, UK.
Professor Mallick did pioneering research on thermal comfort for Bangladesh and published extensively on it. He is the founder of the Department of Architecture of BRAC University and the author of its curriculum. He is also the founder director of the university's Post Graduate Programs in Disaster Management, the first of its kind in the region.
His research background is on environmental aspects of architectural design, low income and rural housing, architectural education and in the last 15 years, disaster management and climate change. He has written book chapters and published journal articles on disaster management and climate change issues.
He is a co-editor of two books on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation in Bangladesh, Published by Springer. He has been involved in research projects with universities abroad, dealing with Climate Change and the Built Environment, Climate Change and Urban Poverty and Disaster Education. dissertation on various aspects disaster management. He has published extensively and has co-authored a book on Bangladesh's first modern architect Muzharul Islam.
He is the Vice President of the Asian Universities Network for Environment and Disaster Management (AUEDM), which has a membership of 22 Asian Universities.
Amongst his professional works, noteworthy is the Bangladesh Chancery building in Chankyapuri, New Delhi.